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No. 4 Trinity tops women's lacrosse in NESCAC quarterfinals







HARTFORD, Conn. -- Junior attacker Caitlin Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) amassed five goals and an assist to go with three ground balls and three draw controls to lead Trinity College to a 16-6 victory over the visiting Bates College women's lacrosse team in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship Sunday afternoon on Sheppard Field. 

The Bantams, ranked No. 4 in the nation, improve to 13-2 and will host the NESCAC semifinals and finals for the first time next weekend.  Trinity will play Williams on Saturday, May 8 at noon and Colby College plays Amherst College in the other semifinal at 2:30 p.m. on the same day.  The finals will be Sunday, May 9 at noon. 

Bates’ season comes to a close at 7-8.

Trinity dominated the game statistically with 37 shots to just 11 for Bates, a 19-to-10 ground ball advantage, and a 15-to-9 edge on the draw.  The Bantams forced 14 turnovers and six failed clears by the Bobcats. 

Scoring came slowly for both teams early, but with the game tied at 2-2 after 15 minutes, Trinity went on a 12-2 run over the next 18-plus minutes, including eight in a row to close the first half and open the second, to put the game out of reach early on. Irvine scored four of her five goals in the first half, while senior tri-captain Jenn Calver (Barnard, Vt.) notched all four of her points for the day on three goals and an assist during the 8-0 Bantam spurt.

Six different players scored Bates' goals, including early tallies by sophomore Joan O’Neill (Westwood, Mass.) and first-year attacker Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) to support a 2-1 Bobcat lead 10:31 into the game. O’Neill also had a pair of assists. Sophomore midfielder Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) scored once and added three draw controls, and junior Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) stopped a season-high 16 shots in the Bates goal.

Junior Briana Gross (Andover, Mass.), junior Emily Howe (Carlisle, Mass.) and first-year K.C. Collier (Hershey, Pa.) also scored goals for the Bobcats, with Howe adding an assist.

Trinity senior Sarah Remes (Silver Spring, Md.) added four goals and an assist, while junior midfielder Alisen Urquhart (Redding, Conn.) scored twice, and senior attacker Kristin Phelps (Sudbury, Mass.) had one goal and one assist. Sophomore goalkeeper Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.) made three saves to earn the victory and improve to 8-2 for the spring.

BOX SCORE: Trinity 16, Bates 6